How much power my PC actually take – or – Why My Electricity Bill is so HUGE??

Like most people living in this new era my house have a large amount of electronics devices and as an IT guy I have about 5 computers (Laptops, PC etc) and 3 mobile devices.

I want to ┬átell you about one device particularly – my main home server. Few years ago I bought a small server called HP Microserver – low utilization and effective as basic linux server along side a good storage server (with raid).
Like most of my computer geek friends this PC was turned on day in and day out – just like every other PC I had before I just left it on – and it didn’t matter if it actually did something or not (and yes it did nothing most of the time).

A few months ago the little server went down and wouldn’t come out. When I’ve looked into it I’ve found out that it’s Power Supply was down.
And it took me about 3 months to fix that, why? Due to the fact that this Power Supply Unit was a unique one. It fitted directly inside it’s small case and was only 120W so it was not only less costly electricity wise it was also extremely expensive.

After 3 months I’ve found a cheap solution using a regular Power Supply (the 450W very cheap ones) with some of my modification.
But what I found in these 3 months was even more interesting: Continue reading How much power my PC actually take – or – Why My Electricity Bill is so HUGE??